Minister's letter.

October 2017

Dear Friends

Ephesians 4:24 "and to put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness".

Have you got used to the new £5 notes? They have been around for a few months now. They feel a lot more "plastically" than other notes. I know they are "plastically" from experience. Sometimes I put money in a metal tin. One day after food shopping I unloaded the food in the kitchen. The tin was put out of the way on top of the toaster and a bag of potatoes was put next to the toaster. I had no idea the potatoes had pushed down the lever to turn on the toaster. It took me a while to work out where the smell of burning was coming from. When I found out, I looked in the tin. There were two £10 notes looking a bit scorched and a £5 that was melted and shrivelled up. The £10's were fine but I knew the fiver couldn't be spent. I took it the bank and they refused to take it and suggested I sent it to the Bank of England. Being a Yorkshireman £5 is a lot of money, so I made a few enquiries and returned it to the Bank of England. A few days later my bank account was credited with £5. What a result!

It didn't matter that I had damaged the note, that it had been refused by the bank or that it was all shrivelled up, but to the place that issued the note it still recognized its original value.

That's how it is with us and God.

We may be damaged, we may have been refused by those we thought would accepted us, we may be out of shape, but God sees our value. God sees what other people don't.

Very often we confuse the way that God's people treat us with the way we think God would treat us. Nothing could be further from the truth. The Church is made up of people. People who are imperfect, people who make mistakes, say the wrong things, do the wrong things. None of us are perfect we are all "work in progress". So, if we are like that £5 note please do remember God sees our full value, just as he intended.


God Bless,